Wednesday’s Job Search Engineer is a weekly blog post with quick questions and answers about job search
Melissa has written in because she has been to three interviews but not landed a second interview or a job and wants to know how to do better at answering questions.
Melissa, First of all congratulation on getting interviewed for 3 positions. That is an achievement!
I am going to give you a suggestion in this blog post but keep watching for more ideas in future posts.
You want to answer most of the interviewer’s questions using the STAR method
S for Situation:
“While working at the ABC Bank”
T for Task:
“I spent a summer helping clients to do financial plans so that they would not outlive their savings”
A for Action:
“I built such strong relationships with clients”
R for Result:
“that 70 % of these clients made new investments using our bank’s products.”
Your answer put together would be:
“While working at the ABC Bank, I spent a summer helping clients to do financial plans so that they would not outlive their savings. I built such strong relationships with clients that 70 % of these clients made new investments using our bank’s products.”
You want to go into the interview with a STAR story for every qualification and core skill that you can identify
STAR lets you demonstrate your skills and that is so much more helpful to the interviewer than a text book style answer which anyone can do.
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Are you considering a career transition? Wayne Greenway is Chief Executive Officer with Career Aviators. Career Aviators is Canada's only career management firm that is a Certified B Corporation. Career Aviators helps professionals, managers, and executives find positions in which they will excel, value highly, and love to do. The profits from our work support programs to help vulnerable youth flourish in the face of highly stressful life situations.